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GLSW Jamboree 2019 Selection
30th September - 1st October 2017

NSRA Tutor Diploma Course
30th September 10:00 - 1st October 2017 16:00

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11th October 2017 20:00 - 21:30

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14th - 15th October 2017

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Subject: DofE News 93 July-August 2017

Information from The Duke of Edinburgh's Award for Leaders July/August 2017 

DofE NEWS WELCOME TO DofE NEWS This month's opening picture is of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh chatting with Managers and Leaders and thanking them for their longservice at the recent Gold Award Presentation at the Palace of Holyrood House earlier this month. It followed on from a similarpresentation at Buckingham Palace in May.

And now, on with the news...

Take the Challenge

This year's DofE Challengers and Adventurers are pushing themselvesout of their comfort zone and raising money to help more young peoplebenefit from the DofE. Pat, 81 (left), took on a wing walk and becamethe oldest person ever to do a loop-the-loop strapped to a plane. Wehope you can join us, either in the Peak District on 30 September forthe DofE Adventure, or by taking on your own DofE Challenge. How about a summer challenge withyour family or friends? We can't wait to see what you come up with.

Countryside Code

DofE Regional/Country Offices and Head Office have been receiving requests that participants are reminded of their responsibilities to care for the countryside.
They should leave gates and property as they find them; remove ALL litter and equipment and take it home with them. Please help us tomaintain good relations with local landowners.

Special expedition advice

Are you running any expeditions over the next few weeks? If so,please refer to our special information and advice for expeditions on the Leaders' Resource Area (available through eDofE).
It contains useful advice for expeditioning in extremes of weather,safety around farm animals, plus lots of useful links regarding stovesafety and the Countryside Code.

DofE Brand Centre

We'd like to remind you that we operate a DofE Brand Centre. It's there to help you promote the DofE in your areato a consistently high standard with some great co-brandedmaterials.
The Brand Centre is a resource for you to produce customised DofE leaflets, posters and banners etc. promoting the DofE in your area. Itoffers flexibility and the opportunity for you to tailor our resourcesto your needs and demands.

Your chance to be a Craghoppers Ambassador

Craghoppers is currently looking for new ambassadors who will champion its DofE expedition range. This opportunity is open to all Leaders and participants in the DofE network. To be an ambassador,Craghoppers look for people who are experienced; enthusiastic; whowill wear kit in all weather conditions and who are true supporters of the Craghoppers brand and its values. Apply by 8th August.

Dedicate a tree

Mark the success of a DofE group or expedition team by dedicating a tree or area of woodland in a Woodland Trust wood. Time spent neartrees boosts physical and mental wellbeing, and you can choose fromwoods all over the UK, perhaps one that your teams hiked through?Every dedication helps the Woodland Trust stand up for woods, treesand wildlife.

Potential funding source

Get your group nominated for a grant from the Co-op CommunityFund.
Every year the fund distributes millions to local charities, whichhave been nominated and voted for by its members. Visit the websitefor more information. The nomination process ends on 8th August.
Their website also includes some good advice on publicising yourgroup, and your funding needs.

Hang high in the holidays

Adventure is closer than you think this summer with a Go Ape treetop adventure. Available at 29 Go Ape locations across the country,you'll find high ropes, crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epicwind-in-your-face zip wire to finish.
Book now for your ultimate forest experience and save 15% on Go Apeforest adventures.

10% off Forest Holidays

We’ve teamed up with Forest Holidays to offer you anincredible 10% off all holidays and short breaks in the UK’smost beautiful forests. This special offer is for a limited time only.
Save 10% until 31 August 2017 on all Forest Holidays cabin breaks,including school holidays and bank holidays.


We leave you with a participant from Eccles RFC DofE group which has recently been to the Somme for the participants' expeditions.Their Skills section activity was 'research' and they undertook research into local rugby players who joined the Salford PalsBattalions and fought at the Somme.
Have a great summer and, if on expeditions, remember to check outour specialexpedition advice here... See you in September!


Sam Sykes - Zoo residentials

For something a little different, in conjunctionwith Blackpool Zoo, we offer our unique Duke of Edinburgh's Award residential - five night specialist zoo keeper’s residential.
Join our award-winning Zoo Residential in August and October thisyear.
For more information book online.

The Walking & Climbing Company

The adventure of a lifetime begins here! As an AAP we regularly runexpeditions in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan for DofE participants. Spacesavailable on our open group: 19-31 Oct - Annapurna region, Nepal. Formore information contact us:
T: 01977 706718
E: sbaer@walkingandclimbing.co.uk

Facebook: The Walking and Climbing Company
Instagram: @walkingandclimbing
Twitter: @susiesherpabaer


Scout Enrolment Form - PRICE CHANGE, Note. Bronze £21, Silver £21 and Gold now £28.

Are you a Scout, Explorer Scout or Network Scout who likes Scouting but is looking for further challenge and a chance to learn some new skills?

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award gives you a chance to do all this, achieving personal goals and working as a team.

The award has three levels, bronze, silver and gold. Each has similar requirements, but a progressive level of skill and dedication. The Chief Scout's Platinum Award, the Chief Scout's Diamond Award and the Queen's Scout Award have similar requirements and can be completed alongside The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme. You can complete any of these awards until your 25th birthday.

As well as being a great adventure, many employers highly regard the award and can give you the edge when looking for work in the future - a very worthwhile attribute to have on your CV.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award website

DofE Training - An Introduction for Leaders and Assessors

DofE Training - Expedition Supervisor Training Course 

DofE Training Courses - Here

Contact County Adviser (DofE) Paul Seward badge_gold.jpg

There is a co-ordinator/administrator in each District as follows:

Croydon: Tony Crackett

Sutton: Simon Keen

Wimbledon & Wandle: Jo Lynch

Royal Kingston: Stuart Thompson

Richmond Upon Thames: TBA

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